Farrah Karapetian will host a gallery event on Leap Year Saturday, February 29th, with readings by Martha Ronk, Janet Sarbanes, Gabrielle Civil, Nylsa Martinez, and Anthony Seidman, the latter of whom will also read translations of contemporary Latin American poetry.
The reception begins at Noon, and the readings at 12:30 pm.
Host: Farrah Karapetian is an artist and public thinker based in California, whose subject is individual agency in the face of totalizing forces. Her methods incorporate sculptural and performative meansof achieving imagery that refigure light-based mediums around bodily experience. Her work is in multiple public collections, and she has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Her writing about visual and civic experience has been recognized by multiple publications and by the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from UCLA, and has exhibited in institutional and commercial galleries since 2000. Her solo exhibition, "The Photograph is Always Now" is on view at Diane Rosenstein Gallery now until March 28, 2020.
Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collections Army of One and The Protester Has Been Released, which was declared a best fiction book of 2017 by Entropy magazine. Recent short fiction appears in North Dakota Quarterly and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A 2017 recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol art writer’s grant, Sarbanes has published art criticism and other critical writing in museum catalogues, anthologies, and journals such as East of Borneo, Afterall, Journal of Utopian Studies and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her essay on Shaker aesthetics and utopian communalism received the Eugenio Battisti prize from the Society for Utopian Studies. Sarbanes holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program and the MA in Aesthetics and Politics at CalArts, and offers courses on the BFA in utopian studies, social movement rhetoric and the theory and art of everyday life.
Anthony Seidman is the author of five collections of poetry, including A Sleepless Man Sits Up In Bed (Eyewear Publishing, London, 2016) and the new Cosmic Weather (Spuyten Duyvil, New York, 2020). In 2015, he published Confetti-Ash: Selected Poems of Salvador Novo (Bitter Oleander Press, 2015) with co-translator David Shook. He has translated and published poetry from the northern border region of Mexico, and his translations have appeared in many journals, including New American Writing, World Literature Today, Latin American Literature Today, Nimrod, Modern Poetry In Translation, and Huizache, among others. His most recent book-length translation is A Stab in the Dark (LARB Classics, 2019) by Facundo Bernal. He has collaborated with French artist Jean-Claude Loubieres on three artists books, all published by AdeLeo in Paris, France, and these works are included in collections such as the Kandinsky Library in the Pompidou Center. His poetry has been published in the United States, England, France, Mexico, Romania, Bangladesh, and Nicaragua, in such journals as Ambit, Luvina, Círculo de Poesía, The Black Herald, and La Prensa de Managua, among others.